ON THIS DATE IN 1929: Hilo beats Maui in thrilling finish

On this date in 1929, Hilo traveled to Maui and left with a lot to talk about on the trip home.

Hilo beat Maui 7-6 in the game at the Kahului Fairgrounds, but it went down to the last seconds. Hilo scored when George Kekoolani scored on a clever triple pass to tie it with under two minutes left. Hilo had one more trick in its bag, with Ah Chong Young dropping back and hitting Kekoolani for the conversion.

Maui got the ball back and injured Roger Akiu limped back onto the field to pull off a miracle. Akiu, who scored a touchdown to rescue the Sabers against Kauai the previous week, heaved a 60-yard pass to 122-pound Hebert Suezaki only to see his mate stopped at the six-yard line after the final gun sounded.

Maui beat Punahou two weeks before behind the heroics of Akiu and Suezaki, the first time a team from the Valley Island won on Alexander Field. Hilo ran the table on the Big Island, finishing with a 20-6 win over the Normal School.


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